In nature, pinnipeds
spend a lot of time hunting fish.
may come ashore periodically to rest and bask in the sun, and at least once each year, during their breeding season, most species congregate on beaches or sea ice to give birth and breed.
The National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) recent report to Congress (Impacts of California Sea Lions and the Pacific Harbor Seals on Salmonids and West Coast Ecosystems, February 1999) recommends killing sea Lions to protect fisheries.
It provides a short introduction to the natural history of the northern fur seal and of pinnipeds
By the early 1900s, these huge, lumbering pinnipeds
(bulls weigh up to 6,000 pounds) were nearly extinct.
Vertical stratification of FAs in the blubber layer of marine mammals has been documented in pinnipeds
(Best et al.
Predation may have contributed to historic declines or may be inhibiting recovery, because the abundance of Salish Sea pinnipeds
has been increasing and is thought to be near carrying capacity (Jeffries et al.
The virus has been confirmed in free-ranging pinnipeds
in the northern and southern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (5,6), and infections have been observed in animals off the coast of Queen Maud's Land, Antarctica (7).
The lumbering pinnipeds
give birth in winter, so it's not surprising to find a new arrival comfortably concealed between folds of ice.
She covers setting the stage: rocks, fossils, and evolution; the oldest marine mammals: whales and sea cows; later-diverging whales: neoceti; aquatic carnivorans: pinnipeds
and a bear-like carnivoran; crown sirenians and their desmostylian relatives; aquatic sloths and recent occupants of the seas, sea otters and polar bears; and diversity changes through time: the influence of climate change and humans.
Over the last two decades, domoic acid poisoning has been responsible for the strandings and deaths of thousands of pinnipeds
along US shores--elephant seals, harbor seals, Guadalupe and northern fur seals.
At the beachfront Golden Bay Hotel, two Balinese day beds have been commandeered by boisterous, blubbery pinnipeds
, and every evening, a mischievous adolescent affectionately known as Samuelito, splays his flippers on the best seat at the cocktail bar.